Bipartisan bill would block ‘revolving door’ from lawmaker to lobbyist

By Ben Szalinski
02/10/2020
Illinois is one of the few states that lets lawmakers or state agency chiefs become a lobbyist the day after leaving office. A new ethics bill would stop that.

TAGS: cooling off period, corrupt, corruption, FBI, federal investigation, ghost payroll, Heather Steans, Illinois, Illinois General Assembly, lawmakers, lobbying, lobbyists, Michael McClain, Mike Madigan, Mike McClain, Paul Schimpf, revolving door, scott bennett, Springfield, Suzy Glowiak-Hilton

FBI investigating suburban Illinois township road commissioner

By Vincent Caruso
01/24/2020
An ongoing corruption probe targeting Illinois officeholders has shown there’s no unit of government too small to invite the attention of federal investigators.

TAGS: Bloomingdale, Bloomingdale Township, conflict of interest, corrupt, corruption, ethics, FBI, federal investigation, fees, Illinois, JB Pritzker, Legislative Inspector General, recusal, red light cameras, reform, revolving door, tickets, transparency

Oakbrook Terrace mayor resigns amid red-light camera probe

By Ben Szalinski
01/23/2020
Federal investigators have been digging into the political corruption surrounding red-light cameras, including a pair of the multi-million dollar traffic devices in Oakbrook Terrace.

TAGS: FBI, federal investigation, FOIA: Freedom of Information Act, IDOT: Illinois Department of Transportation, Martin Sandoval, Oakbrook Terrace, raids, red light cameras, Redflex Traffic Systems, SafeSpeed, suburbs, Susana Mendoza, Tony Ragucci